Foundations for Artificial Turf Fields (Cooperation with LANO and SCHEERLINCK) (2013 - 2015)

(IWT 120843 ; 01.06.2013 - 31.05.2015)

The project aimed at developing alternative foundation for artificial turf hockey fields. With the help of flow models and small, medium and large test settings, a totally new concept has been elaborated for the foundation and irrigation, which can reduce the water consumption by 50%.

At the same time, equipment has been developed for the measurement of zinc leaching for rubber-filled artificial turf fields. The instrument was equipped with an extra deep container, so that not only the rubber-mat could be tested, but also the underlying foundation. This is crucial to ensure that no parts of the construction can cause contamination of (drinking) water.

These actions have led to significant improvements for the installation of artificial turf fields on the economical quality, as well as on the ecological level.


Prof. dr. Dagmar D'Hooge ()
M.Sc Stijn Rambour ()